Born in St. Boniface (now Winnipeg), Canada, Carole Freeman holds degrees from the University of Manitoba (BFA Honours, Dean’s Honours), and the Royal College of Art (MA), School of Painting, London, England, tutored by Peter de Francia, E.H. Gombrich, Norbert Lytton, Phillip Rawson, and John Golding, with a residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris.
Noted exhibitions include Selections 2012 – 2016, Walnut Contemporary, Toronto; Portraits of Facebook, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, opened by Jordan Banks, Director of Facebook Canada, with Facebook executive and public participation at the Portrait Painting Party during the run; Women’s Art Now, with works by Helen Frankenthaler, Elizabeth Peyton, plus, opened by Judy Larson, former director of The National Museum of Women in the Arts; Classical Values: Modern and Contemporary Drawings, with included work by Picasso, Matisse, Klimt, Hockney, plus. Three exhibitions of celebrity portraits were featured during the Toronto International Film Festival (2010 and 2011). Participation at ArtToronto (2014 and 2015), Canada’s largest international fair, included paintings featured in talks by art historian Holly Mazer, Fox (BA, Yale University, MA, Courtauld Institute of Art).
Freeman was invited to present her art practice to The Canadian Arts Summit (2012), a national leadership forum that yearly brings together the chief executives, artistic directors, and board chairs of Canada’s 50 largest not-for-profit cultural institutions, on the panel Making Art in the Age of New Media, moderated by Janet Carding, former Director CEO, Royal Ontario Museum, The Banff Centre, Banff, Canada
Commission work includes Jeremy Chilnick, commissioned by film director Morgan Spurlock, Leslie Sacks, commissioned for the publication “African Art from the Leslie Sacks Collection”, Skira Editore, Italy, and Nine Drawings of Man Friday, Collection Lord and Lady Glentoran, Dublin, Ireland.
Surprise Appearances, a sixteen-page profile of Freeman’s paintings written by Gary Michael Dault (former art critic Globe and Mail), was published in Arabella, Summer Issue, 2016. Freeman’s work has also been featured in The Globe and Mail, and The National Post, as well as blogs and websites such as Artoronto, ArtDaily Newsletter, ArtSlant, Akimbo Art and Tech Blog, ArtStars, Berkshire News, Los Angeles Magazine, Visual Art Source, and the Canadian Art Database.
Freeman is the recipient of grants and awards from the Canada Council, University of Toronto, and Royal College of Art. Her work is represented in private, corporate, and public collections throughout the U.S.A., England, Ireland, Italy, Australia, and Canada including Canada Council Art Bank and York University.
Freeman presently lives and works in Toronto, Canada.